Indonesia's Forest Management Units: Effective intermediaries in REDD + implementation?

Kim, Yeon-Su and Soo, Jae Bae and Fisher, Larry and Latifah, Sitti and Afifi, Mansur and Lee, Soo Min and Kim, In_Ae (2016) Indonesia's Forest Management Units: Effective intermediaries in REDD + implementation? Forest Policy and Economics, 62. pp. 69-77. ISSN 1389-9341

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Previous literature encouraged a hybrid institutional approach for REDD+ implementation, where clear govern- ment policies help reconcile the rules, regulations and interests of external institutions with those of the commu- nities involved. However, it is unclear how such an approach can be designed in the scale necessary to match local, national and international interests in protecting forests. For this reason, the functions of intermediaries de- serve explicit recognition by key actors in shaping REDD+ policy nationally and internationally. Indonesia is pro- moting the more localized Forest Management Unit (Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan or KPH) as a key element of forest governance reform for embracing REDD+ and related initiatives. Using a case study from eastern Indonesia, we analyzed local factors driving deforestation and forest degradation. We then reviewed the work of the local KPH to examine the necessary roles of a potential REDD+ intermediary. We argue that progress made by the local KPH in improving forest governance, including partnerships with local communities, is made possible by the KPH fulfilling the role of policy intermediary while taking on transformative roles reshaping internal and external relations. However, for the KPHs to fulfill their mandate as effective REDD+ intermediaries, more concerted efforts from the central and provincial governments, as well as from international donors, are still needed. These include greater consistency in government policies and regulations, improved policy communica- tions, and the commitment to strengthening the capacity of individual KPHs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (Kata Kunci): REDD+ Intermediaries Forest governance Forest policies Forest Management Unit KPH Payment for ecosystem services Indonesia
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Fakultas Pertanian
Depositing User: Dr. Sitti Latifah
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2021 05:12
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 05:12

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